Recently I heard about “sulphate free” shampoo’s being the next big thing as apparently shampoos that contain sulphates strip your hair of colour. I have to colour my hair because unfortunately if I don’t my roots are really dark and the ends become really light! Which would be great if I suited that kind of look but unfortunately I don’t so every 6 weeks I colour my hair so that the ends are the same colour as my roots.
My hair is dry from about the middle to the ends but I have oily roots, it’s also quite flat too so I’ve been looking for a long time to find a shampoo that addressed the lack of volume effectively and is OK to use on coloured hair. I’ve used so many different products from a range of different brands from Kerastase to Pantene.
So after reading a review of L’Oreal’s new Everpure range on the Daily Mail’s website I decided to give it a go. I purchased the following:
L’OrealParisHair Expertise EverPure Colour Care & Volume Shampoo (£5.99 at Boots)
L’OrealParisHair Expertise EverPure Colour Care & Volume Conditioner (£5.99 at Boots)
L’OrealParisHair Expertise EverPure Intense Mask (£6.99 at Boots)
When I finally managed to get to Boots I guess lots of women must have read the same article because there was hardly anything left but I managed to get the last ones.
So back to the products themselves, the first time I used them I was really impressed with how well the shampoo lathered up as apparently sulphate free shampoos usually have a problem with this. The conditioner was also thick and creamy, it washed out really easily and generally I was pretty pleased. The next time I decided to use the Intense Mask as I felt my hair needed a bit of extra TLC. Again the mask was nice and creamy and it smelt lovely too just like all the other products. Once my hair had dried (naturally, as I do not blow dry my hair, I have been blessed with pretty manageable hair) I noticed it wasn’t feeling as moisturised as expected and throughout the day I noticed it was actually getting more and more dry. It was getting knotted easily and was generally getting on my nerves.
Maybe it’s the mask I thought, so I washed my hair again using the shampoo and then the conditioner. Once my hair had dried it felt even more straw-like, I had an itchy scalp and I was beginning to see (shock horror) flakes of dandruff!
I also began to see split ends and I’d only been using the products for a week. I stopped using them right away and washed my hair with the L’Oreal Colour Care range (not sulphate free) and usually after I use the hair mask from this range my hair’s lovely and soft. I had to use the mask twice and leave it on for 5 minutes to even attempt to repair the damage the other products had done.
So to summarise… did I like this product? Yes. Did I like the outcome when using it? No. Would I recommend it to a friend? Definitely not. I’ve experienced the problems with my scalp before as I have quite sensitive skin in general but I have never seen my hair in such an awfully dry state.
Now I’ve purchased some Moroccan Oil (or Moroccanoil as shown on their website) products that I’m going to start using as soon as they get delivered in an attempt to get my hair back on track. I’ll post a review of them once I’ve used them for a little while.